Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Ph.D.

Consultant in Fund Development and Board Management

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You gave a terrific presentation and I am so glad that I was able to attend it. I thoroughly enjoyed your seminar; you were so engaging that I lost all track of time. By any measure you are a very effective speaker and educator and your presentation was – in my eyes - the highlight of the conference.

— Judith Schwed-Lion,Vice President for International Development, Amit

Endowment Building: Let’s Say What We Mean

November 25th, 2011

Here’s an excerpt from an article about planned giving recently published by Deborah Polivy:

Why don’t we use the correct language when speaking about endowment building? Why don’t we say building an endowment to ensure ongoing resources for our Jewish communities and organizations? We often use the terms “planned giving and/or “legacy giving” when what we really mean are contributions that will be placed into an endowment fund, either currently or at death, the distributions from which will be made according to some Board or Finance Committee spending formula…

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